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Diction For Singers, 2nd Ed

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Authors Joan Wall, et all
ISBN 9781934477700
Length 320 pages
Price $49.95
The NATS Journal

“Voice teachers who are looking for a suitable text for undergraduate diction classes may call off the search. Here, in a single volume, is a concise compendium for the pronunciation of sounds in English, in the standard foreign languages that singers are required to master, as well as in Latin and Spanish. This single text offers a solid foundation admirably suited to students’ needs….. Well written, coherently organized, and in an attractive format, this book is highly recommended both as a basic diction text and as a standard reference.”
The NATS Journal

book for diction English, Italian, Latin, German, French, Spanish

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So many languages, so little time . . . 


To support this challenging condition for undergraduate diction courses, we created an integrated multimedia platform that allows you to manage it all efficiently and flexibly—and Diction for Singers is at the center of it all. 

Diction for Singers Table of Contents

As its subtitle suggests—A concise reference for pronouncing English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish—it allows you to cover all relevant languages in one book, with one low price.

The material is optimized to function both as a text and a reference so that you and your students can get what you need instantly, which helps foster a sense of accessibility. In most cases, the layout allows you and your students to literally flip through the pages to get right to any issue—one of the many positive features cited by professors in an independent doctoral dissertation on diction texts (see below).

Each language follows the same structure, which makes your teaching each successive lanaguge that much easier and familiar—a structure that applies to the diction section of Russian Songs and Arias as well.

The structure begins with a concise overview of studying the language—a bird’s eye view that helps orient your student to what to expect when studying the language.

It then offers quick Chart of Sounds, which is organized by alphabet letters and letter combinations, allowing you and your student a quick access to easily-forgotten details, particularly when transliterating a song into IPA.

Next, it begins a section called Special Features, which includes such features as thriphthongs in Italian or the multi-letter combinations for a single sound in French.

Finally, it ends the language with the "Vowels in Detail" and "Consonants in Detail." Here, you guide your students through each letter of the alphabet (and its subset combinations) and the guidelines for pronouncing them in a variety of contexts.

Throughout, each guideline comes complete with a number of example words, spelled out in IPA.

And now you can set your students to practising with an expert with the accompanying Online Listening labs, which includes all the example words in the chapter. This benefit deepens everything you teach in class with aural sounds and interactive software, freeing you in myriad ways, especially that you can listen in and comment. Currently, online labs are available for Italian, French, German, and Latin.


To see how Diction for Singers fits within the overall diction multimedia platform, consider clicking on the following links, particularly the independent doctoral dissertation written specifically to compile many professor's evaluations of the strengths and weaknesses of various published works for helping teach diction.

overview of diction multimedia platform

independent doctoral dissertation on diction teaching texts

why multimedia?


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